Several readers of Mama’s Club have told me they too have a story to tell, asking for my advice on how to put their memoirs into print. While I’m certainly not an expert, here’s how it worked for me:
After doing my first draft of Growing Up In Mama’s Club I asked a trusted friend to read it and give me his advice. While it was a bitter pill to swallow, Bob Rogers didn’t mince words. He told me that I had way too much anger and needed to learn how to write. It was an honest diagnosis of where I was at that moment in time. I needed to hear the truth so that I could ultimately come up with a plan to resolve my problem. Fortunately, professional help was available. And for the next three years, I went back to school, learning to write, and I exorcised my demons.
But being able to write is not enough if one’s goal is to get their story into print and to have people want to read it. I needed an editor that I could work with. Someone who understood where I was in my learning curve, shared my passion for getting it into print, and could give me constructive criticism. After finishing my story, I needed a publisher or for someone to help me self-publish. Then I needed someone with the graphic skills to design an attractive book cover. And because I wanted to include pictures in my book, I needed a photographer familiar with restoring old pictures and knowing how to present them in a paperback book. Once I had the book complete, I needed to let people know about it and why I thought they would enjoy reading the book. I prioritized the Internet as the place to start. But I needed a technical expert who knew how to set up an easy to use, attractive website. And so, I have described the team of experts who helped me get Mama’s Club to where it is today. If you would like to meet those five talented professionals and learn how I met them, I would encourage you to link onto the new Acknowledgments section on my main website.